Global funding for educational technology surged in 2015, and a big chunk of that activity was concentrated in China, which accounted for 37 percent of deals.
PanOpen, one of a number of providers of commercial and nonprofit platforms meant to enhance and curate “open educational resources,” is now eyeing the K-12 market.
Sesame Workshop will invest in start-ups that support children’s education, PowerSchool acquired Interactive Achievement, and McGraw-Hill Education India partnered with IGNITOR to offer digital textbooks.
Stuart Udell, a former top official at Catapult Learning, has been named CEO of K12 Inc., a prominent and often controversial provider of online education and other services.
Education is the field most likely to be changed by virtual and augmented reality technology, according to survey of more than 1,500 people at the recent Consumer Electronics Show.
A campaign called “With Math I Can,” challenges teachers and students to embrace the belief that math ability can be developed, a concept that is increasingly being pitched by ed-tech providers and advocacy groups.
Apple has snapped up Learnspout, Pearson and Knewton partner to work on math using adaptive-learning, and Excelligence Learning acquires the classroom-products marketer Really Good Stuff.
Many states have made their tests more challenging, a toughening of expectations that coincides with the passage of the common-core standards, and tests aligned to them.
The Jefferson Education Accelerator, a commercial entity that invests in ed-tech companies, has announced it will support Agile Mind, a provider of digital curriculum.
A new partnership between U.S. and China-based education companies, and deals by Weld North and Learn Launch were among the recent highlights in the K-12 marketplace.